Tobacco-Use Prevention Education
The purpose of these grant funds is to implement, maintain and enforce a tobacco-free school policy in school districts as authorized by California Health and Safety Code (HSC) Section 104420, and conduct the California Healthy Kids Survey (CHKS).
The focus of the CDE’s Coordinated School Health and Safety Office is to provide students with the knowledge and skills that enable them to be tobacco free. Implementing a tobacco-free school policy and surveilling the prevalence of tobacco-use behaviors are fundamental to this effort.
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Everyone Can Play a Part
Educate yourself about e-cigarettes. Know what to say when the topic comes up. The earlier and more often you speak with young people about e-cigarettes, the more likely they are to listen.
It is important that schools, community centers, and other places where young people gather during and after school hours have tobacco-free campus policies. Make sure students know about the policy and that it is enforced. School and community events should also set a good example by not accepting sponsorship form tobacco or e-cigarette companies.
Young people are also more likely to pay attention if the adults in their lives who they trust and respect are willing to talk. Teachers and administrators can use health classes and assemblies during the school year to invite students to ask questions about e-cigarettes. Find out about e-cigarette prevention programs teachers can use in their classrooms to let students know about the risks of e-cigarette use. Visit the Coalition for a Tobacco-Free Imperial County for resources and more information.
It is important to give students who do use e-cigarettes and want to stop the support and resources they need to quit. Many resources are available, including a mobile app to help youth quit using e-cigarettes.
Adults, lead by example – be tobacco free. If you use any tobacco products, commit to quit. Youth are more likely to use tobacco products if others around them do. As students return to classes this school year, help make sure they are more informed and confident than ever about making healthy choices.
For Parents, Teachers, Coaches, and Health Care Providers
- Fact Sheet—E-Cigarettes Shaped Like Flash Drives: Information for Parents, Educators, and Health Care Providers
- Fact Sheets—E-Cigarettes and Youth
- Infographic—Teachers and Parents: That USB Stick Might Be an E-Cigarette
- Talk with Your Teen About E-Cigarettes: A Tip Sheet for Parents [PDF–5.20 MB]
- Print Ad—“One Brain” [PDF–2.56 MB]
- Evidence Brief: Tobacco Industry Sponsored Youth Prevention Programs in Schools [PDF – 786 KB]